Godman Akinlabi is the lead pastor of The Elevation Church (TEC) Lagos, an author, public speaker and trained engineer.
Early Life and Education
Born on December 28, 1973, Godman Akinlabi is from Igbo-Ora, Oyo State, located in the South-Western part of Nigeria. He grew up in Ibadan, where he attended Government College, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria from 1985-1990. In 1992, he was admitted to the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State to study Mining and Mineral Engineering, for which he bagged a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in 1997. He obtained his master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy at the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of Manchester Business School, England from where he earned an MBA; and was part of the 2018 Class of Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management program of the Harvard University (SPNM18).
Pastor Godman started his pastoral ministry at Daystar Christian Centre, where he served in different capacities which included ushering pastor, teacher, preacher and Director of Pastoral Care. He serves on the faculty of Daystar Leadership Academy, where he facilitates Leadership Development courses over a period of twelve years. On 28 December 2010, the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Church, Sam Adeyemi, commissioned The Elevation Church of which Akinlabi has since been its lead pastor.
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Godman is the visionary behind several initiatives, interventions and community outreaches such as the Pistis Foundation, a non-profit organisation established to be a model provider of empowerment opportunities for the economically challenged with its focus areas on education, health and shelter, Elevate 200 churches, a weekly outreach that began in 2010, which focuses on feeding, training and empowering the less privileged, as well as several large scale Soup Kitchens and free medical outreaches for the less privileged that have held all over Lagos state.
He is the convener of several events and conferences targeted at empowering different people groups in Christian ministry, business and the polity. Some of those events include the Exponential Conference for Pastors and Church Leaders; Vantage Forum, an annual business & economic outlook event; the Hangout which is a conference for singles, a mentorship program for young men called “Man Up”; Better Half Media, a ministry that is positioned to positively influence marriages and relationships; and Business Roundtable which is an initiatives that helps to empower persons in business, the workforce and in government.
He is the convener of Vantage Forum, an entrepreneurial advancement initiative held annually, which is “focused on empowering individuals to achieve the highest levels of distinction in their businesses and careers through empowerment platforms such as business seminars, workshops and mentorship programmes”. Akinlabi holds a special Twitter event every Friday with hashtag #MrMrsBetterHalf, a conversation which is focused on sharing practical tips on building godly relationships. The hashtag has featured on the top 100 British “trending topics” on Twitter.
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In July 2016, he facilitated and launched “BelieversConnect”, an application developed with a view to connecting single-status Christians “with similar desires for a successful marriage.” Based on the appeal of his sermons to a demographic population largely dominated by youths, he was featured as one of the five most influential pastors in Nigeria.
Pastor Godman Akinlabi has published several book. He is an author with several acclaimed books such as Sexuality: Get a Grip for Singles & Couples, the 7 Commandments of Foolishness; Don’t Waste your Pain, Moving from Fear to Faith, I am Possible, and his latest release, “Burning Questions, Flaming Answers”, a book that answers some of the common questions for couples and singles about relationships. A recognized social media influencer, he holds a special social media event every Friday that is focused on sharing practical tips about building godly relationships for both singles and married couples.
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Pastor Godman Akinlabi is married to Bolarinwa, a banker and a minister of the gospel. Together, they have two children.
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